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Billings' Finest Dance Studio for the Arts

We offer classes in:

Private Lessons: offer students the best value for their investment. With a private lesson, the students will work one-on-one with an instructor, receiving personalized instruction and immediate correction. Through experiencing the physical sensation of connected movement, the student is able to confidently replicate that movement in order to provide a pleasant and comfortable experience to other partners. In learning the best methods, one-on-one, both beginning and advanced students will find they progress faster and more easily, as they enjoy the sensation of partner dancing. 

Pre-Ballet: This class introduces ballet terminology and follows a traditional ballet class format, but without barre work. It includes warm-up, basic ballet steps, center movement, simple choreography, and free dance time. This class should be taken before or with Beginning Ballet I. 

Ballet I: Age 8-12 This class follows a traditional ballet class format, starting at the barre focusing on posture and alignment, continuing with stretching and strengthening exercises. Center movement and traveling steps are added as the class progresses. No former training is required. 

Ballet II: For students who have completed ballet I and are ready to commit to more formal training focusing on a strong technical foundation. A complete technique class with barre, center, and across the floor movement. 

Ballet III and IV: This class is for students who are ready for increasingly challenging combinations while adding musicality, choreography, and artistry to their ballet technique. 

Pre-pointe & Pointe: This class, by invitation only, is for ladies who are serious about dedicating their time and energy to ballet. With a focus on strengthening the body for pointe work helping with stability, foot and ankle strength, finding your center and balance, it requires students to be physically and technically prepared to handle the challenges of pointe work. Students must attend 3 technique classes per week at this studio in order to participate. 

Modern: While classical ballet is the base for all forms of dancing, we are increasingly challenged to move in modern or contemporary ways. This class introduces movements that will help dancers expand their bodies and minds which is essential for the growth of a ballet dancer as an artist and athlete. Elements of Graham: The Graham technique of modern dance was developed in the early 20th century by Martha Graham. It is considered to be the among the first codified modern dance techniques, and most later forms borrow freely from Graham. The "Elements of Graham" technique class includes floor work, standing exercises, movement across the floor, and falls. 

Ballet VI and VII:moving beyond the Intermediate Level. Center work will consist of an adagio, a tendu combination, jumps – including petit allegro and batterie, and pirouette preparations and turns. Dancers will begin to work on attitude positions, as well as, develop their grande rond de jambe and rond de jambe en l’air. Corner work will consist of jump, waltz, and various traveling combinations, including grande allegro, kept in time to the music. These combinations may exceed 2 eight counts of movement. Dancers will learn basic kinesiology and stage placement. They will be given literature on anatomy for dancers. dancers must have at least four years experience, take at least one other ballet class a week, and have the instructor’s permission to register for the class. Class is recommended for dancers ages 11 and up. Returning students should always refer to their spring evaluation to determine the appropriate fall class to take. 

Jazz- Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms.

Hip hop: Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking which was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.

Contemporary: Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements

New Class Descriptions

Movers and Mini Movers Classes for ages 2.5-7: Movers classes are based on creative movement and brain dance, using dance and music to develop creative and motor skills in our youngest students, and then developing into more genre-focused classes to introduce skills used in particular styles! 

Mini Movers is for ages 2.5-3: Movers is for ages 4-5. Movers Introductory Classes (Pre-Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap) are for ages 6-7 unless otherwise specified.

Zoom Movers and Music ages 2.5-6: this online Zoomed class offers a variety of interactive dance, music, and voice activities to get kids moving and making music in the comfort of your own home!

Movers Themed Camp ages 4-7: this is a longer weekly workshop that will have a different theme every month!

Just for Boys: Like it says, this is a Movers class just for boys that will include more high energy movement that they will love.  We have two age groups for this one, both 4&5 and 6&7 years.

Teen Open Jazz and Contemporary: For kids who aren’t in a traditional classroom during the day, these open level classes will let them get moving in the morning and start learning these fun styles.  

Zoom Teen Ballet: For kids who need to school from home or simply find it more convenient to take class online, this Zoom class is for teens who have had some previous dance training and want to keep training from home.

Pointe Classes: Each level of ballet has its own pointe class.  For the older levels it might be within the same block of time, but for the younger it is separate so that those students who don’t plan to do pointe can skip it.

Leaps and Turns: Dig deep into these important and fun skills that more advanced dancers who study contemporary as well as ballet will love to work on.

Hand Balances and Floorwork: This class is designed to be taken in conjunction with the modern/contemporary classes of the same level, expanding students’ abilities to move on the lowest level - the floor!

Teen Modern and Contemporary: These classes are designed to allow teens to learn or catch up on a particular style of dance in which they are beginners so that they don’t have to enter a level with kids much younger than they are.

Adult Ballet: Age 14 & up This class is waiting for you! There is no other dance/sport out there like ballet. It is all inclusive, you have to strong, flexible, graceful, rhythmic, and tell a story with your body all at the same time. The ultimate workout. Bring a friend! 

Adult Modern and Hip Hop: This open level class is where adults can come and learn a dance style, whether they are total beginners, they haven’t done it since they were kids, or they already have all the skills.  Open level means that we will all dance together so a few things will seem really easy to the old pros while a few things will be too hard for the beginner, but we all learn and progress and challenge ourselves together.

Adult Workout/Yoga: Get your kid to class and jump in the next studio or just come for yourself.  Either way, we will have fun and work hard.  Workout classes will be a combination of low-impact cardio, calisthenics, strength training, and maybe even a few dance moves to give you a well rounded workout for both strength and endurance.  Yoga classes are taught by a 200-hour certified instructor.

Dances and Drinkses: Lastly, once a month, have a dancey good time with friends and some drinks at our events “Social Programming.”

Facility Rental will be another service offering. MDC is currently a very popular place in Billings for weddings, receptions, dance events, etc. We hope to expand the use of the building by including additional options of use (church services on Sunday, exercise/yoga classes in the morning) etc.

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